Dog rescue sees impressive return of adoptions amid pandemic

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SHERIDAN, Colorado (KDVR) – Puppy adoptions exploded during the pandemic, but now the exact opposite is happening with a dog rescue in Colorado.

MAMCO, short for Moms and Mutts, welcomes pregnant and lactating female dogs, as well as their puppies. The rescue said they were experiencing an alarming rate of adoption returns.

“We’re at 163 returns right now, most of them, the majority of them have been dogs that were adopted in 2020,” MAMCO Executive Director Aron Jones said.

Jones and his team said they were overwhelmed by the number of incoming returns.

“We’re making progress in finding homes for current returns and then we get five or six more emails with return requests the same day,” Jones said. “It’s just a little defeated and frustrating and the money is tight, supplies are tight, adoptions are slow. It has been a really tough year overall.

Adoptions at MAMCO are the slowest they have been in three years, according to Jones.

“Ninety-nine percent of them come back to us because something has changed in their human being’s life, not because they’ve done anything,” Jones said. “Travel has been important this year. They want to travel and don’t want to take their dogs on board. I get angry, I get angry when people make these decisions and don’t think about the impact it will have on the dog.

Dumb Friends League, another Colorado animal shelter, said it has also seen an increase in surrenders. The most common reasons given to them are pet owners leaving the state or moving to housing that does not allow them to have pets.

On average, the Dumb Friends League typically housed between 600 and 700 animals. Recently that number has risen to somewhere between 800 and 1,000. However, the shelter said there had been a recent surge of support and adoptions, bringing the shelter closer to its average.

You can find more information on how to help MAMCO on its website.


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